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  •  Independence is an illusion. (0+ / 0-)

    Might as well assign it as a characteristic of energy, since it certainly doesn't apply to humans.
    Also, "energy independence" is a euphemism for U.S. autonomy and that, in turn, is a euphemism for U.S. supremacy -- all in the interst of denying the reality that all organic existence is inter-dependent.
    Why? What interest does the myth of supremacy and independence serve? Mostly, IMHO, it compensates for a deep sense of insecurity, growing out of personal incompetence. People with few or no practical talents with which to sustain themselves not only deny their limitations but define their need to be sustained as an entitlement to give orders. In other words, the need to be served is mentally transformed into an entitlement.

    "Because I am weak, I get to demand that you carry out my orders and take care of me."

    Why not just accept that everyone is entitled to be cared for and be done with it?  Because that premise assumes an obligation to provide mutual aid and comfort and that scares the incompetent (e.g. People who can't boil water) out of their wits. The myth of superiority sustains people who suffer from an inferiority complex.
    Where does it come from? Ironically, it may be that modest deficiencies when it comes to practical talents are compounded by the myth of independence, which some people deploy because they are just plain mean.

    "Not only is there no obligation that I do anything for you, but because you aren't independent and self-sustaining, I'm entitled to take whatever I want from you."

    That is, the myth of independence serves to justify predatory theft. It's like the Spaniards arguing the Inca didn't sufficiently appreciate and value the gold, so the Conquistadors were entitle to steal it and take it home. Blaming the victim is convenient in so many ways.

    Whence comes the deep sense of insecurity in the U.S?

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:04:33 AM PST

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